“Phase Change is an installation created by the artist collective Futures North for the 2016 Northern Spark all-night arts festival, whose theme was Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. Climate Generation and our youth leaders supported this project through consultation and providing youth volunteers to engage with visitors during the night of the festival.”
by Heather Smith
Sometimes you have to melt some ice to make a point.
The art collective Futures North just won the Art + Interaction prize at SXSW Eco for Phase Change, a project that combined pre-industrial ice harvesting techniques with 21st-century computer modeling to create a physical model of a changing climate.
Here’s how it worked: Futures North cut blocks of ice from a Minnesota lake during the dead of winter and stored them in an old-fashioned ice house.
Less visible was how climate change put every step of the project in doubt. “It was such a warm winter that we weren’t even sure if the ice would be thick enough,” said Molly Reichert, one of the project’s leads. “It was such a warm spring, weren’t sure if there would be any ice by June.”
Visitors got to take bottles of meltwater home. “It’s beautiful,” one visitor said, “to see such a tragic thing come to life.”
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